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Texas Attorney General Paxton Says Dallas County Can’t Force People to Wear Masks

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter on May 12, 2020 that Dallas County officials can’t force people to wear masks or stay at home.

The letter highlights that local orders cannot be in conflict with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders in response to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Paxton sent similar letters to leaders in Bexar and Travis counties.

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The letter asserts that Dallas County’s public health order “exceeds the county’s lawful authority and that it is likely to confuse residents.”

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The AG’s office urged the county to “act quickly to correct mistakes like these” to avoid legal action.

The letter listed four areas where certain urban counties’ orders clash with Abbott’s order.

Although Abbott has encouraged people to wear masks on multiple occasions, his executive order does not require mask wearing when they go outside. During a news conference announcing parts of his reopening plan, Abbott said local governments can’t punish people for refusing to wear masks.

“Instead, the governor’s order recognizes that Texans will act responsibly and make smart decisions to protect themselves and their families,” Paxton’s letter read. “In contrast, your order purports to strip Texans of their agency.”

The letter also outlines how local governments can’t restrict essential or reopened businesses. The statewide order “recommends, but does not mandate,” that businesses comply with health guidelines from the White House, the state health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Texas state government has gone out of its way to protect gun rights by declaring gun stores essential.

However, it did not take sufficiently decisive action in keeping the state open. Instead, it took a lukewarm approach to the issue and let activist local governments ram through their closure orders.

Abbott needs to continue with the reopening plan and make sure that Texas reopens in a timely manner. America’s most economically dynamic state cannot afford to stay closed for any longer.

The full letter can be read here:

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Joe Biden Nominates Liberal Activist Neera Tanden as Director of Office of Management and Budget; “Zero Chance of Being Confirmed”

Tanden is a controversial Democrat.

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden announced his nomination of Center for American Progress President and controversial Democrat Neera Tanden as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Biden is yet to be certified as the rightful president-elect pending the outcome of litigation challenging the results in swing states, but this hasn’t prevented him from making personnel decisions.

Tanden, who is somewhat known as a Twitter personality, is a controversial figure in Democratic and progressive circles. She regularly used her position of influence in the Democratic establishment to attack Bernie Sanders during his 2016 and 2020 campaigns,

Tanden also became a target of ire for an incident in which she revealed the identity of an individual who was allegedly sexually harassed at the Center for American Progress.

However, it appears that Tanden’s confirmation as the Director of OMB, is doubtful. Drew Brandewie, a staffer of veteran Republican Senator John Cornyn, described the establishment liberal figure as having “zero chance of being confirmed” in a Sunday tweet.

Liberals went ballistic at the notion Tanden wouldn’t be approved by a Republican Senate majority after spending her career maligning the figures whose votes she would require.

Tanden was an essential figure in pioneering the ‘resistance’ branding of establishment Democrats during Trump’s first term.

Tanden appears to have deleted more than a thousand tweets on her personal Twitter account over the weekend, possibly attempting to clean any mines that could arise in potential Senate confirmation hearings.

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